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Top Turkish foods to eat – Leave out the chips

12th August 2014

Turkish cuisine is one of the best in the world and there are so many meat and vegetable dishes, soups, drinks, and delicious desserts.

There are literally hundreds of dishes to choose from. So why not try something new and indulge in Turkey's finest authentic food. –

Oh and leave out the chips!

For those of you who are new to Turkish cuisine try our top choice dishes.

1: Adana Kebab
Adana kebab is a large, delicious oblong meatball that also has a variety of specific spices and herbs used in the recipe. It is traditionally served with a salad, thin bread and rice. For those who are new to Turkish cuisine this dish is the perfect introduction as it is very close to western food. Alternatively, instead of serving it with rice you can also wrap it in some kebab bread and make food for when you are on the go. 

2: Testi Kebab
Testi kebab originally comes from the Cappadocia region of Turkey however now word of its juicy taste has spread to others areas and it is well known all over the country. Meat and vegetables are sealed in a clay pot which is then cooked over a high heat. The waiter will bring the clay pot to your table, crack open the top and pour out delicious, tender meat with peppers, onions and a variety of natural juices. 

3: Sac Kavurma
Sac Kavurma is a mixture of meat, peppers, onion, tomatoes that are mixed with some herbs and then cooked at a high heat in an iron pan that resembles a wok. It will be served to your table with the flame still glowing under the wok. Traditionally served with rice and some salad vegetables, this meal will definitely ensure that no one in the family leaves anything on their plate.

4: Menemen
Menemen is sometimes called a breakfast dish however it can be eaten at any time throughout the day. It is a basic meal and great for those who are traveling on a budget. It consists of onions, peppers and tomatoes slowly heated in a hot pan. Eggs are then cracked into the pan and either left as fried egg or mixed with the onions and peppers. Throw in some spices such as paprika and black pepper, accompany with a simple piece of bread and you are ready to eat a satisfying dish.

5: Kofte
Kofte is the equivalent of meatballs however a variety of spices and herbs along with wheat products are used to bind the mincemeat together.  There are too many variations of kofte to mention here however they taste delicious when served with rice and salad, or between two thick crusty pieces of bread.

6: Dolma
Dolma is a variety of vegetables that have been stuffed with a rice and herb mixture. The most popular is stuffed peppers. Chances are that you will not see this dish sold in many restaurants as it takes a long time to prepare however if you get offered dolma by Turkish friends or neighbors then definitely accept them as dolma is a mouthwatering versatile dish. 

7: Borek
Eaten as a main dish or as snack, Borek is a favorite food of Turkish children. It combines layers of pastry with either spinach and cheese or beef filling. Traditionally it is accompanied with a glass of Ayran. If you are a budget or eating while on the go, this food can be found on almost every street from pastry sellers.

8: Lahmacun & Pide
If you are traveling to Turkey on a budget, you will be delighted to learn about Lahmacun and Pide. These two types of food are the equivalent to a pizza however the base is a lot thinner and the choices of toppings are amazing. A popular choice is cheese and onion or finely minced meat with peppers, onions and tomatoes. Traditionally they are also served with a salad which means you are definitely getting value for money with these delicious Turkish pizzas.

9: Manti
Manti traditionally comes from the Kayseri area of Turkey and is mincemeat inside of special dough. The Manti is boiled at a high heat and then served to the table covered with yogurt. You will not find this dish served in any of the restaurants aimed at tourists so be sure to look for it when visiting a traditional lokanta.

10: Mezes
Mezes are traditionally eaten before your main meal. If you order them in a restaurant, a variety will bought to your table for you to nibble on while you are waiting for the main course.  They mainly consist of vegetables that have been mixed with herbs and spices. Sample them with crusty bread or slices of raw carrot and cucumber.  For a refreshing meze, try Cacik which is a blend of yogurt, water, garlic and fresh dill.

[source: Mydestination]

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